Undergraduate Minors in Music

The music minor is designed to provide students interested in music with a foundation in the theory and history of music along with experience in a performing ensemble. The minor is an excellent way for students to maintain or develop their interest in music while pursuing other areas of study. Students in other majors who have interdisciplinary interests also find the minor valuable as preparation for further studies dealing with the arts and culture. Less rigorous than the music major, the minor is not intended to prepare students for advanced study or professional work in music.

Notes on the Music Minor:
All courses offered for the minor must be passed with a letter grade of C or better.
With the permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, students who do not pass the audition for one of the ensembles may fulfill the performance requirement in both tracks through two semesters of private lessons (Mus 161-187) if qualified. Please see the catalog for details on the audition procedure for lessons. For students in the minor who fulfill the performance requirement through lessons the ensemble co-requisite (listed under "Co-requisite" in the course description for Mus 161-187) will be waived.

General Track: 20 credits

1. Theory:

  • Mus 119 Elements of Music, or Mus 130 Sound Structures (3)
  • Mus 315 Structural Principles of Music I (3)
  • Mus 316 Structural Principles of Music II (3) or Mus 341 (Intro to Music and Technology)

Note: Students well-versed in music notation and basic theory (demonstrated by the Mus 119 challenge examination) should take Mus 130 Sound Structures.

2. History:

  • Mus 101 and two courses chosen from the following, one of which must be upperdivision, Mus 105, 301-314, 319-320 (9)


3. Performance:

Two semesters of one or more of the following: (2)

  • Mus 261 Stony Brook Choral
  • Mus 262 University Orchestra
  • Mus 263 University Wind Ensemble
  • Mus 264 Jazz Ensemble
  • Mus 267 Jazz Combo
  • Mus 268 Marching Band
  • Mus 391 Chamber Music


Theory Track: 24 credits

1. Theory/Musicianship

  • Mus 121 Musicianship 1 (2)
  • Mus 220 Musicianship II (2)
  • Mus 221 Musicianship III (2)
  • Mus 130 Sound Structures (3)
  • Mus 321 Tonal Harmony I (3)
  • Mus 322 Tonal Harmony II (3)


2. History:

Mus 101 and one course chosen from the following, Mus 105, 301-314, 319-320 (6)

3. Performance:

Three semesters from the following: (3)

  • Mus 261 Stony Brook Choral
  • Mus 262 University Orchestra
  • Mus 263 University Wind Ensemble
  • Mus 264 Jazz Ensemble
  • Mus 267 Jazz Combo
  • Mus 268 Marching Band
  • Mus 391 Chamber Music


The Jazz Studies Minor at Stony Brook

The jazz studies minor is designed to provide students who are interested in jazz with a foundation in music theory and history that incorporates a jazz perspective, as well with experience in jazz performance. The minor is an excellent way for students to maintain or develop their interest in music while pursuing other areas of study. Students in other majors who have interdisciplinary interests will also find the minor valuable as preparation for further studies studies dealing with the arts and culture. Less rigorous than the music major, the minor is not intended to prepare students for advanced study or professional work in music.

All courses offered for the minor must be passed with a letter grade of C or better.

General track (21 credits)

1. Theory, 9 credits:

  • MUS 119 Elements of Music, or Mus 130 Sound Structures
  • MUS 315/316 Structural Principles of Music I and II

Note: Students well-versed in music notation and basic theory (demonstrated by the MUS 119 challenge examination) should take MUS 130 Sound Structures.

2. History 6 credits:

  • MUS 308; and one of the following: MUS, 304, 310, 313, 311, 319, 320, or 355 (if given as a jazz- related topic)

3. Performance: (6 credits)

  • Six semesters (6 credits) in any combination of the following courses: MUS 264 (Big Band Jazz Ensemble), MUS 267 (Jazz Combo) and MUS 189 (Beginning Jazz Improvisation).

Note: Students must audition to be accepted to MUS 264, MUS 267, and MUS 189.

Theory Track 22 credits

1. Theory, 10 credits:

  • MUS 321 and 322 Tonal Harmony I and II
  • MUS 121/220 Musicianship I and II

Note: Students must pass the theory placement exam to be admitted to the above classes.

2. History 6 credits:

  • MUS 308; and one of the following: MUS, 304, 310, 313, 311, 319, 320, or 355 (if given as a jazz- related topic)

3. Performance: (6 credits)

  • Six semesters (6 credits) in any combination of the following courses: MUS 264 (Big Band Jazz Ensemble), MUS 267 (Jazz Combo) and MUS 189 (Beginning Jazz Improvisation).

Note: Students must audition to be accepted to MUS 264 and MUS 267

The Minor in Music and Technology at Stony Brook

The minor in Music and Technology is designed to provide students interested in music, media, and digital technology and the arts, with a foundation specific to the latest developments in music and technology along with a basic background in the history and theory of music. Students in other majors who have interdisciplinary interests will find this minor valuable as preparation for further studies dealing with the arts and culture. Less rigorous than the music major, the minor is not intended to prepare students for advanced study or professional work in music. This track requires a minimum of 20 credits.

1. Basics:

  • Mus 119 Elements of Music, or Mus 130 Sound Structures
  • CDT 208 Introduction to Art and Technology (formerly MUS 208)

Note: Students well-versed in music notation and basic theory (demonstrated by the Mus 119 challenge examination) should take Mus 130 Sound Structures.


2. General:

  • One course chosen from the following, Mus 101, 105
  • and one from the following: Mus 301-314, 319-320

3. Specific:

  • CDT 341 Sound Design
  • plus one course chosen from the following: CDT 317 (Interactive Media) , CDT 318 (Movie Making), Mus 344 (Audio Engineering)

4. Performance:
Ttwo semesters of one or more of the following:

  • Mus 261 Stony Brook Choral
  • Mus 262 University Orchestra
  • Mus 263 University Wind Ensemble
  • Mus 264 Jazz Ensemble
  • Mus 267 Jazz Combo
  • Mus 268 Marching Band
  • Mus 161-187 Individual lessons (all of the above are by audition only – please note that most instrumental lessons require a co-requisite of an ensemble – please see bulletin)

5. In lieu of two semesters (2 credits) of performance ensemble, a student may take an additional course from #2 or #3 above or Mus 315.